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222lbs- 8lbs Lost in 2 Weeks.

Finally I made some progress to 222lbs. Felt like I was stuck on 224 forever.

Well this is cool. Seemed like I got to 224 really fast and then couldn’t budge from there for a while. Kind of frustrated me for a few days. I was counting calories diligently and always under for the day, but I still felt bloated and the scales didn’t budge. Finally yesterday and today they did. That was rewarding. I started taking 30 minute walks with my dogs every day since Spring has sprung. That feels good to get some exercise. I want to gradually increase it until I’m doing full workouts at the gym. I want those coveted “ironing board” or “six-pack” abs. I just want to know what that feels like. So obviously losing weight is not the most important thing. It’s losing fat. Plus, I learned that the more muscle you build the faster your metabolism burns. It has to burn faster just to keep up with the overall increase in muscle, keeping that muscle built. But I think losing those first few pounds to get some momentum going is important for morale. Getting some feedback on the scales.

I think I went at it too hard in the beginning, hungry for results. I was only having about 1100 calories a day. Now I’m having more like 1500-1800.

Interesting thing about this app: When I first programmed my numbers it gave me a calorie “budget” of just over 1800 calories. Then as I’ve lost a few pounds my new “budget” has decreased to 1799. That’s cool if it adjusts automatically like that.

My diet has been pretty much the same. 3 boiled eggs and toast (whole wheat) at breakfast, half sandwich (freshly made at the Kroger deli and packaged) & apple for lunch, then one of those Stouffer frozen dinners at dinner. Those are usually around 400-450 calories. I’ll drink water, fat free milk or a Sugar free Verve with those meals. Then later at night I might have a Chocolate Myo-Plex shake with fat free milk and a banana.

Looks like I started this on March 10th. So I’m right at the 2 week mark and 8lbs lost.


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226lbs – Lost 4lbs in 5 Days!

Eat less calories than you burn. Get an app to help you keep track.

Look at me! Give me attention! Isn’t that what it’s all about these days?

Well that’s the “shadow” part of what’s going on, but still, if something you are doing, some part of your story is of benefit to others, or even telling your story is of benefit to you, by recording it, writing it down (Don’t all the success books tell you to write things down?) then the benefits to society of the internet far outweigh the egotistical sides of it.

Well I’ve eaten about the same thing the last four days. If I get up early enough, boiled eggs, toast with sugar free strawberry jam, orange juice. Lunch is a half sandwich made at Krogers and packaged with an apple and a glass of at free milk. Dinner is one of those Stouffer’s frozen dinners. They are generally 400-450 calories with a Sugar Free Verve to drink or once again milk.

I’ve been averaging about 1100 calories a day, which is too little, and 4lbs in 5 days is too fast, but I haven’t been starving myself. When I’m hungry I eat, but simply conscious of how many calories in the meal.

The iPhone app certainly helps. Maybe it’s the key in getting me kick started. Forever I’ve been thinking, “I’ll start the ‘Body for Life’ program next week.” But that’s such a large undertaking of planning and getting everything ready it created a roadblock.

The app has got me started. Got me excited of success with immediate results. I feel like from here I can gradually move into more “Body for Life” features.

I can’t stress enough how I feel the value of a meal including a protein and a carb. Even in smaller portions it makes me feel more satisfied than just having an apple by itself, for instance.

I’m also taking advantage of those Myoplex Nutrition shakes in time limited situations. And the key there is they contain protein and carbs which keep me feeling satisfied and good to go for a few hours.

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228lbs – Yeah!

I wish I'd snapped a shot of my scale, but this road sign image will have to do

Well, I don’t know if I’ve lost 2lbs in 2 days, but this what the scale said this morning. My only insight would be, my sense is that if you’re just patient with your hunger pangs, after 20 minutes or so, your liver will release the stored up energy in your fat (I think it’s called glycogen) and they will gradually disapate. Now I’m not trying to starve myself. I’m eating, but just smaller portions (a half sandwich instead of a whole one for instance), and I really don’t feel hunger pangs in the day. Just late at night, when I’m ready to go to sleep. Maybe try a sleep aid (Make sure it’s safe! Check with your doctor!). I’ve taken Advil PM the last couple of nights because I have knee pain anyway, and it’s put me to sleep.

Also, when I’m eating my smaller portions, I tell myself, “If your hungry again, go ahead and eat again in 2 or 3 hours.” That seems to give me some subconscious relief, and also eating smaller portions but more frequently speeds up your metabolism and keeps your insulin levels (hence mood) more stable. When your insulin levels are more stable throughout the day it tells your body its okay to burn fat instead of trying to hold on to it.

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231lbs – This is Crazy!

Today's log on my Lose It! iPhone App

So I’ve been overweight for a long time. I downloaded an app for the iPhone called “Lose It!” which made me enter my weight. So I went on the scales for the first time in a long time. It read 231lbs! That is crazy! I’ve never weighed this much.

This website,, is useful. I entered in my dimensions and it spat back out, “Your Obese!” Wake up call! The only thing worse than “Obese” on their scale is “Morbidly Obese!”

The Livestrong App on iTunes may even be better than Lose It! but Lose It! seems to work fine for me now. It’s free. The Livestrong app is $2.99 I believe. I learned of Lose It! on so I trusted it was pretty good even for free.

Anyway, Lose It!, helps you keep track of calories. So now I’m going to count! My goal is 175lbs which is about the right weight for my height (5′ 11″).

Even though it’s embarrassing, I thought blogging it would help keep me on track.

Yesterday I had no breakfast because I didn’t wake up early. Lunch was HALF of a REUBEN sandwich which was something freshly made and packaged from Kroger’s, so I’d say it’s a little bit less fattening than ones you might buy at a fast food place or Oaklawn. Anyway a website said a typical Reuben, cheese and all is about 462 calories.

So for my first meal I had 231+95 (Half a Reuben and a whole Apple) = 326. I drank a Sugar Free Verve which is only 4 calories! I love that, because it feels like drinking a soda which are usually 100 calories or more. So make it 330.

A few hours later I had a Stouffer’s Fish Filet dinner with Mac and Cheese. The box says 400 calories. Normally I would eat two of those. I ate one.

So my grand total yesterday was 730 calories. (I had water with dinner) My budget of  calories in the app was 1839. It says that’ll lose two pounds per week if I budget 1839 or less per day. So I was under by a 1000 or more calories!

Going to bed I had hunger pangs. Definitely before the app I would have gone out and gotten something, but I drank two glasses of water. I think I drank half a verve too. The carbonation helps. Also I think I had a Vemma.

This morning, before eating, the scale said 229.5. Now, granted, when I weighed the first time, it was after I had eaten something. So let’s take a pound off of that, and make my starting point 230. (Assuming I would have weighed in at 230 that morning.)

Well, ok. Maybe I lost half a pound. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Today I’ve had so far (it’s about 7pm as I write) 1026 calories. I did take a mile and half walk today with my dogs even though my knee was hurting. Finally there was Sun and warmth (about 67F)! The app says that exercise burned about 126 calories. I can live with that. I was sweating by the end of it.

So my net for the day so far is 900. I can eat 936 more calories today and still be under my budget!

Allright. I may have something later. I’m not trying to get crazy or anything.

One thing I have noticed, and I’ve read this before is that when I have a protein with a carb, even if its a smaller portion, I feel satisfied. (The reuben had the meat, bread, and apple. The Stouffer’s meals always have a meat some kind of carb.)

So other than Counting & Keeping track, which according to Lance Armstrong, does work, my one little take away would be to make sure you have a protein and carb with your meal, even if it’s a smaller portion.

I’ll continue to weigh every day just because I like it, but I’m not worried about day to day results as much as weekly ones.

Oh another piece of advice: If you have those hunger pangs at night, it’s almost like the training that goes with quieting the mind in meditation. In meditation you gently nudge the mind back to quietness. With this, at least in my case, I have some water or a carbonated drink to quell them just a little. I’ve done this the last two nights actually, and it feels like they reduce in intensity over time. I think to myself while I’m laying in bed that I’ve got enough stored up energy for my body to sleep and dream peacefully. If my body needs more energy, at least at this point, there are plenty of reserves down there! That helps ease the mind a little that you don’t need anything late at night.

Although don’t think that a fantasy of an omelette plate from Waffle house hasn’t crossed my mind! Still, I be still, do some reading, and fall asleep.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings!

The Goals Page on the Lose It! app gives a nice progress graph.

I think the tricky part is knowing just how many calories everything you eat has. Say you go to a restaurant, have one of there nice meals. Fine. You want desert, fine, but just how many calories did that meal have? Especially if you are on the go, this is a challenge. The web helps. It told me about the Reuben. But sometimes you’ll just have to make a rough guess if you are at a restaurant or something.

Obviously there is more to it than just calories. Fat is the most important thing. But, hey, I’m a numbers guy. An app like this that is on the phone, at least helps me get the ball rolling and focused in the right direction.

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Lose Weight By Eating What You Love

a guest post by Debbie Brodsky. Write Debbie!
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Start by picking the size you want to be – who says you have to be a size 0 or even 2 or a 4. What is wrong with size 6 or 8 for women?

Keep in mind that you will not be dieting! There are only a few principles to follow and you will need to be consistent with them, but there is no deprivation whatsoever on this eating plan!

Begin today! There is no need to go eat a cake or a gallon of ice cream for fear you will not be able to eat these foods. And yes, I do eat dessert everyday! This is necessary for my well being.

Eating the foods I love are essential to my happiness. Don’t believe the maxim that “you are supposed to only eat to live”. I say the opposite is true “live to eat”, but eat really delicious foods that you love and leave off the rest.

Cultivate a love for fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as fish and cheese and yogurt and pasta and anything fresh and homemade or just plain sounds good to you!

It really is not what you eat that matters so much as firmly sticking to the principle of eating only at a “meal time”. I eat three times a day. Period. That is it. Nothing in between. No snacks. You don’t need snacks. Look at snacks as fillers and killers of having an empty stomach to enjoy a really good meal! And having a good meal is really what it is all about!

Begin today! There is no need to go eat a cake or a gallon of ice cream for fear you will not be able to eat these foods. And yes, I do eat dessert everyday! This is necessary for my well being.

If you don’t know how to cook, now is a really good time to learn, because preparing a good meal is also one of life’s great pleasures, at least it is essential to my happiness and well being.

If you love dessert, then have two meals a day and count your dessert as your third meal. Maybe that sounds unorthodox, but who cares, you are eating for your energy and sense of well being, not for what the crowd is doing.

Now you know you can eat anything you want within a meal, then decide what sounds good to you and eat it for your next meal. If a hamburger sounds good, go eat a really good hamburger and enjoy it, every bite of it. Then do not put anything in your mouth caloric until your next meal. I drink hot tea in between meals. It tastes good and is good for you, being high in antioxidents, but also I enjoy the ritual of making a good cup of tea and drinking it. I really love the Tazo brand wild sweet orange tea. It is fun to go to Starbucks and buy a cup of hot tea to go and have it for the mid-morning or afternoon while you work. Or if you have some time, stay at Starbucks and enjoy your tea with or without a friend.

If you a trying to lose some weight, then eat what you are craving, but use little tricks for cutting back on intake without feeling deprived, such as leaving off the bread as a side of pasta, when it is the pasta dish you are really wanting. Eat a whole serving of whatever it is that you are craving, because wholeness leads to feeling whole and satisfied. Taking a bite of cake or of a cookie does not leave me feeling whole. Usually it will lead to eating too many cookies and then feeling bad about yourself.
This approach to eating is not fun. Having a whole piece of pie or cake or brownie and really enjoying it, really is fun and will not increase your waistline if you close your mouth and do not put anything in it calorically until your next meal. And then at your next meal, eat what you are really wanting and leave off the extras that you don’t even want. Just because a basket of bread is put in front of you does not mean you are required to eat it. Use a little discipline and push it away! Unless the bread is really good, then go for it and leave off the potatoes. Or if the potatoes are fabulous too, eat them and have a big bowl of fruit for breakfast and lunch the next day so your pants won’t be tight!

Having a whole piece of pie or cake or brownie and really enjoying it, really is fun and will not increase your waistline if you close your mouth and do not put anything in it calorically until your next meal.

You have to use your clothes as your guide. If they are not getting looser, then make some cutbacks or increase your fruit and vegetable intake. If my clothes are a little tight, I just start that very day by eating a large bowl of fruit, it will help you with water retention. But I will still eat a portion of dessert and have a glass of wine with dinner. I have to have my dessert!

So think about what you can cut back on and what you are not willing to give up and go from there.

Also getting in some form of movement everyday is essential. Notice I did not say exercise. You can exercise. I just prefer not to call it exercise! Somedays I go to a very nice gym close by my house, but the point is to move!! And do something you enjoy. I have a new puppy and she also needs to move every day for her sense of well being, so now I mostly take her out for walks and skip the gym.

This plan really works. I follow it everyday and wear a size 6, sometimes 4 clothing and I eat really well. My cholesterol and iron levels are normal and I say that because I bake alot and use sweet unsalted butter and eggs and chocolate. Yum!

Now for a sample day –

Yesterday I started the day with 2 cups of coffee with whole milk and drank a Verve* mid-morning. I skipped breakfast and had a large bowl of creamed tomato soup with asiago croutons and a hunk of whole wheat bagette at Panera
Bread. Yum! This was around 1:00 p.m. It was so good and very filling, so I had tea later in the afternoon. Around 5:00, I started cooking and baking and poured myself a small glass of red wine. Yum! I made huge chocolate cookies with M&Ms and a my own version of vegetable lasagna (I am not vegetarian, but tend to eat little meat, mostly fish and chicken, but on occasion a good steak, hamburger, barbequed ribs, or one of my favorites, osso bucco – Yum!). I ate a large, whole piece of lasagna, more wine and then a whole cookie for dessert. Yum! I was not only full, but feeling happy and satisfied.

This is the goal – feeling happy and satisfied ; having your clothes fit, well, is just “icing on the cake!”

*Verve is a vitamin, mineral and energy drink containing mangosteen, aloe vera as well as green tea extract. I drink one every day and have noticed such a boost of energy as well as rarely being sick. I had a cold a few weeks ago and I was astonished at how quickly I got better. It must be the high antioxident content of Verve.

This amazing product cannot be found in stores, but is easily ordered and shipped straight to your door. The company, as well as the product, Vemma or Verve, promote a sense of well being, which fits into my own philosophy of eating and living. Please consider adding the supplement to your daily plan. You can order the product by calling my mother, Mary Pickering at 501-416-7476. For two to three dollars a day you can increase your health and sense of well being immensely, not to mention noticing a boost of my metabolism!!! Who doesn’t want that?

Now you may be saying to yourself, “how can this plan fit my lifestyle? I don’t know how to cook, don’t have time to cook, don’t want to learn how to cook!”
Well, I do know that you have to eat, so just adapt it to your lifestyle. If you eat at fast food places everday, well then so be it. Just be sure that you eat only at one of your three meal times, then close your mouth. Then drink lots of water – adding lemon or lime helps. Try sitting down and eating and not doing anthing else, except maybe conversing. And remember to eat what really sounds good to you, which if it is a Big Mac, so be it, just leave off the fries and don’t forget to enjoy it! Also cut back on calories and fat at the next meal and you can have your ice cream sundae!

Most importantly, let me know how it is going with the plan.

I will include recipes for easy and wonderful meals soon!


Questions, suggestions, personal consulting? Write Debbie!  [email protected]